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Youth Leadership in Prevention (YLP) programs in schools empower students (grades 6-12) to create peer-to-peer supports, prevention messaging, and programming that decreases drug and alcohol use while promoting mental wellness. These programs are student-led but adult-supported. The YLP students are empowered to identify problems and supports that fit the culture of their school community, though each program must include a drug and alcohol prevention component.


The program's goal is to train student leaders on the importance of prevention in schools and empower those leaders to facilitate peer-to-peer conversations that reach the larger student population. As a partof their YLP program, advisers assist students as they learn the science and importance of prevention, the data related to substance use and mental health issues in Montgomery County, and proventechniques to mitigate substance use and mental health disorders.Students also review and understand various mental health and substance use disorders, learn strategies to implement prevention programs and messaging, and understand best practices in peer-to-peer communication.

Congratulations to the 2023-24 YLP Schools!
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